Diversify Your Workforce
Finding qualified and dependable employees is one of the greatest challenges many business leaders face. People with disabilities have the talents, skills and abilities you need. They are dependable, enthusiastic and some of the most loyal employees you will find.
Many of America's finest companies seek and hire people with disabilities, and they have found it to be an appropriate and effective business move. Why not join them?
Learn how VR can help your business grow with our Employer PowerPoint presentation.
Florida Job Connections connects businesses across Florida with qualified applicants.
Benefits to Employers
- Leverage tax incentives, when applicable, to realize tax credits ranging from $2,400 - $5,000
- Reduce recruitment costs when you expand your access to talent
- Avoid productivity losses incurred from unfilled positions – when you have a larger talent pool, filling your positions can be easier and quicker
- Reduce turnover costs with a talent pool that tends to stay with an employer longer
- Create more efficient work processes, as evidenced by such companies as Walgreens and A&F Woods Company, which implemented accommodations for their workers with disabilities and experienced an overall increase in productivity
"There are plenty of capable people with disabilities out there to hire. They do a great job and become part of the company family." -- Joe Pores, Call 4 Health
"A person with a disability is often more loyal and dedicated; you can count on them to come to work. It's more than a good business practice; it's the best thing to do for my business." -- Joel Hullet, Wal-Mart
"You get so much more out of it [hiring people with disabilities] than any amount of money. You can't buy that kind of feeling. It's so rewarding." -- Linda Nunes, T.J. Maxx
On-the-Job Training is an opportunity for you, the employer, to mentor a person with a disability. By participating in On-the-Job Training with VR, you may receive reimbursement for the trainee's salary.
VR may also provide:
- Support services (uniforms, tools, bus passes)
- Job-site assessment and any needed accommodations
In addition, federal tax credits may be available to employers who hire individuals with disabilities into permanent positions. To become an OJT employer, fill out the On-the-Job Training Application for Vendors (RTF).
How does On-the-Job Training work? Hear from employers who have tried it and recommend the program in the following video.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the employability of people with disabilities.
Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN)
The Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN) is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, and retain qualified employees with disabilities. EARN offers employers individualized technical assistance on issues related to recruiting, hiring, and promoting individuals with disabilities.